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    #1

    We are n...

    Hello, I would like some help with punctuating the last sentence in this short dialogue:

    COLE
    You got the key! Did you say hello to the aliens down there?
    WILLA
    Yeah, I greeted the heck out of them! A heads up would have been nice Cole.
    COLE
    I like to surprise my friends.
    WILLA
    We are n...(deep breath) I like surprises Cole, just not the "life threatening" kind. I have to keep going, you know... to save you all.

    I want to indicate an interruption with "We are n...". Willa stops mid word because she doesn't want to be mean. I was thinking of using an em dash but I'm not too sure.

    Thank you for your time.
    Last edited by Sneymarin; 15-Feb-2020 at 00:51.
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    #2

    Re: We are n...

    An em dash is best.

    We are n—.

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    #3

    Re: We are n...

    Like this, right?
    "We are n—I like surprises Cole..."
    Last edited by Sneymarin; 14-Feb-2020 at 23:29.
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    #4

    Re: We are n...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneymarin View Post
    Like this, right?
    "We are n I like surprises Cole..."
    You need a space after the dash see above.
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    #5

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    I thought you shouldn't put a space after an em dash.
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    Re: We are n...

    I think the punctuation is just fine as you have it, with n followed by the ellipsis ...

    I really don't see why a dash would be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneymarin View Post
    I thought you shouldn't put a space after an em dash.
    It takes a space when it represents an interruption.
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    Re: We are n...

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I think the punctuation is just fine as you have it, with n followed by the ellipsis ...

    I really don't see why a dash would be better.
    I think a dash works better when a word is interrupted. An ellipsis may be appropriate after a complete word.
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